Welcome to the magazine

Birth stories

Readers share their stories of births in Belgium. Click here for more ...

A gentle welcome via cesarean –...

Kasia Ortiz shares how finding the right medical team meant she could make her medically-needed cesarean as natural as possible.

The midwife calls the midwife –...

Zwanger in Brussel midwife shares the story of the birth of her first child, her daughter Cécile. With an induction almost on the cards, Hanne knew that her baby would find her own way. A beautiful homebirth, surrounded by her partner and colleagues.

Dad's eye view

Dads share birth stories and their views on parenthood. Are you a dad who would like to share your story? Email hello@thevillage.be to find out more.

Dad’s eye view – the births of F and C

Irish-born Stephen tells us about the births of his two children, born in 2015 and 2017 in Brussels.

Guest articles

We're delighted to welcome articles from village partners! Click here for more ...

Facing the lion: Understanding and managing stress...

Yoga therapist Emily Gold gives some practical advice on dealing with 'fight or flight' stress responses when dealing with everyday stresses.

Parent-preneurs

Mums and dads share their stories about running their own business in Belgium. Click here for more ...

Chou&Chou – the mom...

US-born Taiwanese mum Pam Chou tells us how her popular 8-in-1 maternity and nursing cardigan came about.

Finding balance with Jessica...

Mexican-born Jessica Verdi tells us about Toolbox for Mars, the company she established with her two sisters, which helps people live healthier, happier and more sustainable lives..

Life after Belgium

All good things come to an end! Readers who have left Belgium reflect on life away from home. Click here for more ...

Back across the pond

American mum Becca, whose two children were born here in Brussels, shares some reflections about life in and after Belgium.

From Brussels to Dubai

Violaine Carnoy tells us about her family's move from grey Belgium to the sunny Middle-East.

the village blog

Creator of the village, Siobhán McGonigle, shares stories, recipes and ideas from Irish-Belgian-Danish family life.

Grandma’s got mail! –...

Despite living in an age when we can easily and cheaply video call with loved ones on the other side of the...

Doula guide: Part 4...

Discover some of the impacts that doula support has on birth outcomes and satisfaction with the overall birth experience, as well as what it is that makes it so effective.